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Chicago Teachers Will Go On Strike, Capping Years Of Social Justice Activism

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 21:37

For the second time in seven years, Chicago Public Schools teachers will be on strike starting Thursday, walking out of class, they say, in the name of better schools.

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McConnell Prepares Senate For Trump Impeachment Trial As Inquiry Escalates

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 20:56

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell briefed his caucus on what a Trump impeachment trial could look like in the Upper Chamber. It could last weeks, and begin after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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British Family Who Made Unauthorized U.S.-Canada Border Crossing Has Been Deported

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 20:03

A vacationing family say they were 'treated like criminals' in federal detention. U.S. authorities say two adults in the group had previously been denied authorization to come to the United States.

NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Set For Friday

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 18:12

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will replace a faulty power regulator on the International Space Station. Only 15 women have participated in spacewalks, and all were accompanied by men.

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Hospital Giant Sutter Health Agrees To Settlement In Big Antitrust Fight

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 16:51

Health care costs in Northern California, where Sutter Health dominates, are 20% to 30% higher than in Southern California, even after adjusting for cost of living. Settlement terms aren't yet public.

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Gifted Students With Autism Find An Intellectual Oasis In Iowa

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 16:26

A center at the University of Iowa is making sure that its programs for gifted teens include those with autism spectrum disorders.

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Family 'Ambushed' By Trump's Surprise Meeting With Woman Who Caused Fatal Crash

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 16:05

Trump said his meeting with the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn "was beautiful in a certain way," before arguing that driving the wrong way in Europe "happens to a lot of people."

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'One Of The Worst Forms Of Evil': More Than 330 Arrested In Child Porn Site Bust

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:51

The porn website has been shut down and 23 children were rescued. "You may try to hide behind technology but we will find you and we will arrest and prosecute you," a federal official warns.

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Census Bureau Asks States For Driver's License Records To Produce Citizenship Data

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:23

The Census Bureau is gathering records on people's U.S. citizenship status as part of Trump administration efforts to produce data that a GOP strategist said could politically benefit Republicans.

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Chicago Cancels Public School Classes As Teachers Strike Looms

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:07

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that she expects the teachers union to move ahead with their strike after a contract agreement wasn't reached.

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Ex-Pompeo Aide Is Latest State Department Official To Talk In Impeachment Inquiry

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 13:59

Michael McKinley is the latest Trump official to testify before the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry. In a surprise move last week, McKinley quit his job at the State Department.

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Poor People Are Still Sicker Than The Rich In Germany, Despite Universal Health Care

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:21

Even with generous health coverage, sizable health disparities persist between Hamburg's wealthier and poorer neighborhoods. Crowding, poor air quality and fewer physicians plague poorer areas.

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GM And UAW Reach Tentative Agreement To End National Strike

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:10

When the UAW's GM national council reviews the deal's terms Thursday, it will decide whether nearly 50,000 workers should remain on strike or if they should go back to work immediately.

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Trees That Survived California Drought May Hold Clue To Climate Resilience

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:08

When it comes to surviving the warming climate, scientists are finding that some plants and animals have an edge. The hope is that these "super adapters" can help preserve their species.

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Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal: 'It's Not Our Problem'

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:07

The president's comments come ahead of a press conference with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, and follows the Democratic primary debate in Ohio on Tuesday night.

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Hong Kong Announces Housing Reforms As Government Faces 20th Week Of Protests

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:46

After being shouted down by opposition lawmakers, the Hong Kong chief executive announced new public housing projects in the notoriously expensive city.

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He, She, They: Workplaces Adjust As Gender Identity Norms Change

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:05

As more people identify themselves as neither categorically male or female, some employers are making changes to neutralize references to gender in everything from name tags to bathrooms.

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As The Climate Warms, Companies Are Scrambling To Calculate The Risk To Their Profits

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:05

Companies are trying to figure out the risks to their profits from a warming planet. Some of them are turning to high-tech tools of climate science.

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A Boy's Mysterious Illness Leads His Family On A Diagnostic Odyssey

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:05

Alex Yiu was born a healthy seeming baby. But by age 2, his muscle control and speech were deteriorating. His baffling condition took a decade to diagnose. The reanalysis of a DNA test was the key.

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The Goldfish Tariff: Fancy Pet Fish Among The Stranger Casualties Of The Trade War

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:05

China is considered the motherland of aquarium goldfish, bred over centuries into rare forms. Now tariffs have some U.S. sellers of these goldfish in a tailspin.

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